QUOTE(balu114 @ May 4 2012, 06:08 AM)
I often suffer from right hand thumb pain due to clarinet playing and pc mouse use. My doctor friend and my chiropractor have both suggested that I get the thumb rest moved a little bit higher (it's adjustable and can't go any further up).
Recently, I have come across Ton Kooiman thumb rest. I understand it can be used for clarinets, oboes and saxophones.
Just wanted to know if anyone in this forum has actually used it and if it was useful? Are you aware of any other brands that supply ergonomically designed thumb rests?
I have recently started using one (Etude 2 model) but it is on loan this week to my oboe teacher, who was surprisingly impressed with it.
I don't think the rest is going to be as revolutionary for the hand tension problems from which I've been suffering as I had hoped but it does take weight of the first joint of the right-hand thumb, transferring it to the stronger second joint. Also the wider sort-of-hook rest is bigger than a traditional one and distributes the weight more. The Etude2 is a bit plastic-y and probably easily breakable but I received a donation of one from a very kind fellow Forum member, so I have a replacement spare part if necessary.
The different feel of the rest takes a bit of getting used to. I don't actually like the flexibility it allows in the horizontal position (feels a bit "loose") and could do with a bit more flexibility on the vertical position. But it could help your thumb problem. I haven't come across any other option in thumb rests. Not for the oboe, at least.
The thumb-hook part of the rest is removable so you can store your clari as normal in its case.
Re PC- caused problems - I was beginning to have early carpal tunnel syndromes and other tension problems and moving to an ergonomic keyboard and a vertical, joystick style mouse as suggested by Tenor Viol has made a huge difference.